06Sep

My book, "The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure", will be out soon!

Hey photo-dudes and dudettes, just wanted to share info on my book, coming out this October 2008- here’s a description with links for orders and more…

DescriptionExposure. It’s essential to producing high-quality photographs, but mastering exposure is difficult. At last there’s the BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, packed with Sean’s experience & knowledge, assignments, diagrams, tips, & illustrations, this 225-page book will put you on the right track towards photographic creativity & expertise. It’s like a full-scale photo course between the covers of the book–all taught the BetterPhoto way, just like photographers learn at the top photo-instruction website. There’s plenty of info on both digital & film photography, discussing how different file formats affect exposure, how to adjust digital files, dealing with difficult lighting, color correction, combining digital exposures, & much more. Hundreds of the author’s stunning full-color images make this hardworking guide as inspiring as it is instructive.

About the Author: Sean’s images have been featured in 250 publications & by 150 companies, including National Geographic & Microsoft. A commercial travel photographer & BetterPhoto instructor, he travels the globe & makes his home base in California.

My comments: I’m very proud of this book and believe it will help improve your photography by understanding so many aspects of exposure. Exposure is the basis of all great images, yet most are lost when it comes to knowing how to meter light. Once you read my book, you’ll have a great base to work from as well as a wonderful reference. Your images will improve & your post-capture Photoshop work will take considerably less time & look more realistic.

ORDERING MY BOOK:

Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/BetterPhoto-Guide-Sean-Arbabi/

Target: www.target.com/Sean_Arbabi

Yahoo!: www.yahoo.com/Sean_Arbabi

Amazon.de (Denmark): www.amazon.de/BetterPhoto-Guide-Sean-Arbabi/

Borders: www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0817435549

Tower Books/ Tower.com: www.tower.com/details/details.cfm?wapi=111693950

Buy.com: www.buy.com/prod/the-betterphoto-guide-to-exposure/

AllBookStores.com: www.allbookstores.com/book/link/0817435549

PriceGrabber.com: www.pricegrabber.com/search.id=12228420

eCampus.com: www.ecampus.com/book/Sean_Arbabi

BAMM.com/ Books a Million: www.booksamillion.com/author&find=Arbabi,+Sean

Chapters.Indigo.ca (Canada): www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-BetterPhoto-Guide-Sean-Arbabi/

HeadHouse Books: www.headhousebooks.com/ISBN=0817435549

Blackwell: bookshop.blackwells.com/jsp/id/The_Betterphoto_Guide_to_Exposure

Munro’s Books (Canada): www.munrobooks.com/author.ARBABI_SEAN

Railroad Book Store: www.railroadbookstore.com/photography/Sean+Arbabi_Author


02Aug

Bay Nature magazine

Check out one of my most recent magazine covers on Bay Nature magazine, shot on Angel Island State Park in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area here in Northern California. It’s a beautiful small island with wonderful views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, the East Bay as well as the Bay Bridge. There are wonderful hiking trails around the island and you can best access it from Tiburon (a beautiful town 45 minutes north of San Francisco, near Sausalito).

If you’re interested in the magazine, here’s their site: http://www.baynature.com/
And if you want to learn more about the park: Angel Island State Park

rock on homies


09Jul

My work in an Italian art mag


FeFe, an Italian art publication, ran a few of my images for their issue themed “If you don’t play, you can’t go home” – a mix of my work from the California coast to the Florida Keys, southern Utah to western Wyoming.  


To date, my images have run in many countries, on all continents around the globe – with the exception for Antarctica- some day I hope to land the cover of “Freezing to Death” magazine or at least have a fine art print hung in the Port Lockroy Museum on the Antarctic Peninsula.

🙂

09Jun

Acorns and memories


I love acorns- they remind me of my childhood walking around on Albany hill (overlooking the San Francisco Bay surrounded by Eucalyptus trees) or up in Tilden Park overlooking the entire Bay Area.  The smell of them brings back memories of the days of old, and their shape and design is a thing of beauty.


I was playing around one day after collecting a few in Tilden Park while my girls rode the historic carousel, and took a few shots back at home.

Here they are just to share…..I’ll probably have more to come someday.

26Feb

HDR, iPhone, Lightroom vs. Aperture, my life…

Another February blog/podcast discussing High Dynamic Range images, my iPhone (that I love more that life itself), as well as some comparison between Adobe’s Lightroom 1.3, and Apple’s Aperture.


Here’s a HDR photo captured up on Mt. Diablo State Park in the San Francisco Bay Area (Northern California) combining seven RAW image files to capture the 15-stop range from highlights to shadow detail.

Then I’ve included a screenshot of Adobe’s Lightroom software program displaying some of my images (all images © Sean Arbabi / Arbabi Imagery). 

In my podcast/ blog, I also share some upcoming assignments and plans in my photo business, as well as general thoughts and another fun quote.  Enjoy PhotoGuru-heads…

For more info on:
Sean & his photography: http://www.seanarbabi.com


Apple’s Aperture 2: http://www.apple.com/aperture

Adobe’s Lightroom: http://www.adobe.com/lightroom

Apple’s iPhone 8GB & 16Gb versions: http://www.apple/iphone

High Dynamic Range images: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/hdr


16Feb

Back in Podcast-land with info & updates




Finally jumping back into another PhotoGuru Podcast after being loaded down the past few months finishing a 65,000 word, 225-page book on Exposure.  It is due out later this year, entitled “The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure“, and published by Amphoto, a division of Watson-Guptill (now Random House)


It’s gonna be a great book, I’m very proud of it, and if you want to get a grip on photographic exposure, pick up a copy- I’ll also be glad to sign any copies if I run into you at a workshop, event, lecture, or book signing.

The book is up on Amazon.com for pre-orders @:
http://www.amazon.com/seanarbabi

or at Target:
http://www.target.com/BetterPhoto-Guide-Exposure/dp/0817435549

My blog/podcast is a shortie but a goodie as far as Podcasts go, with updates on my travels, shoots, workshops, and more.  I’ve also included two images tying into my podcast.  The first is a screenshot of Adobe Bridge, part of Photoshop CS3 and a place to view image files before opening them.

The second image is an older sunset image from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, near Yaki Point at the South Kaibab trailhead.  The original image was well-exposed, but the film could not handle the wide range from sunset highlights to shadow detail in the canyon, so I re-worked it in Photoshop CS3 to pull out more detail and a wider dynamic range of light.

Listen away folks- peace, love, and cashflow homies….



09Jan

My almost cover on Rangefinder magazine- Dec 2007


Rangefinder magazine ran a nice piece on “the Ones that GOT AWAY- a look at some recent ALMOST COVERS” – my shot of the pier at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park almost made the May ’07 cover.

Ya win some, ya lose some- it’s part of the deal as a commercial travel photographer in a very competitive industry….argh.


15Nov

Via magazine cover

Just wanted to share my Via magazine cover in their November/ December 2007 issue.  Via is the magazine for AAA (Automobile Association of America), one of the biggest travel magazines in the US (2-5 million circulation depending on the edition), but many aren’t as familiar with it since it’s not on newsstands.


I shot this image last September at dusk, using my medium format Fuji 680 III camera, at the Treebones Resort along the Big Sur coast (just north of the Hearst Castle by about 30 minutes).  These structures are called “Yurts” and are circular canvas tent-style cabins, rustic but very comfortable (with heaters, porches, windows and beds). I waited ’til after sunset when the ambient light of dusk balanced with the interior lights from the Yurts.  Using a wide-angle lens and a two-stop graduated neutral density filter, I set my f-stop to a small aperture around f/32 and clicked the shutter (probably around 2 to 4 seconds) using film- then created a high-resolution scan to turn it into a digital file.

The Treebones is a great place to get away from it all and watch Whales migrate up and down the California coast.  They also have offer wonderful dinner menu with great cooks.  Call 877-4-BIGSUR for reservations.

02Oct

Sean’s Podcast interview with The Candid Frame


During my time in Chicago last September lecturing at the BetterPhoto.com summit, I was interviewed by a fellow BetterPhoto instructor and photographer Ibarionex R. Perello- an experienced pro who produces wonderful images of people.

Ibarionex interviewed me for his Podcast “The Candid Frame” and did an outstanding job creating a free-flowing 36 minute discussion about the photo business and my career in it!  


We did it in my hotel room after a long day of lecturing, it turned out great, so listen to it.  In fact, all of Ibarionex’s interviews are interesting, so enjoy them all, either at The Candid Frame: http://www.thecandidframe.com/

Or on iTunes in the Podcast section- here’s the direct link:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=127842171&s=143441


I also added two images I shot while in the Windy City – one looking over Chicago from the John Hancock building’s 93rd floor, and the second image of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on my way to my terminal as I head home.  I had a great time in Chicago hitting a Cubs game, a riverboat tour, and the Navy Pier- gotta go back soon!

01Jul

Making the best of every situation, Neat Image, Gorilla Pods, BetterPhoto.com, PhotoGuru.tv



I’ve started my Podcast through PhotoGuru.tv and iTunes (discussing all aspects of photography), and jump into a variety of issues for this podcast/blog- everything from a nice photo tip, to a cool software program plug-in called NeatImage (for Photoshop CS2 and CS3), as well as recommending fun new tripod for your camera called Gorilla Pods.

I also talk about the benefits of online workshops, and much more. Check it out photo dudes and dudettes….